Using Space as a Context for Teaching Science
This School Science Review article describes how the Science Department at Shoeburyness High School in Essex introduced a space-themed Year Eight (ages 12–13) science course to increase student engagement and motivation. As well as discussing the rationale for such curriculum change, it describes the processes of planning and resourcing the course, and the barriers that need to be overcome to make such a significant undertaking successful. The author of the article Mark Smith is Head of Science at Shoeburyness High School in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, and prepared the school’s successful bid to become a part of the Leading Space Education Programme. This article is from School Science Review, March 2012, 93 (344).